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« Reply #125 on: April 10, 2018, 11:43 »
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I got a $0.05 sale too yesterday. I wrote to support and today I got the same answer as Josephine (it's a mistake), They corrected it now but their math is still very different from mine:
$0.29 before tax, $0.01 (10% tax), net earning $0.29.
Who knows what they are cooking for us again.


« Reply #126 on: April 10, 2018, 12:12 »
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Found an image of mine on a DP partner site selling for $200, wonder what my cut would have been if it had sold (a lot less than 3%!). Cancelled all partner sites and don't upload anymore.

Didn't they have their own "partner site" (which they ran and owned) that they were selling our work to, for a sub and then re-licensing for high fees. You'd get a sub they would charge much more for the re-license. Enough of that trickery, should have caused the Opt out for all partner sales for anyone who reads here.

Since my Opt Out was all of DP I can't say much more than be careful, Deposit has a habit of coming up with some unusual business practices.

Correct. I've been told that a $0.10 on-demand sale is legit, done a through partner site.
The only option to opt-out from this ridiculous game is by explicitly asking an admin to do it for you (through email or chat).
However, there is still no way to tell if the request is fulfilled. Maybe we could ask a different customer rep to check it for you, a few days later and trust their honesty.

« Reply #127 on: April 12, 2018, 12:10 »
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Just a little reminder:
The last funny story, when they introduced a Flexible Plan (in fact, 1 image for $1, on demand) a lot of people left Depositphotos or deactivated the images. And you know what? They started to block deactivation! You could kick down 5 works, then get error message and delay before you could deactivate the next 5. And all the time they replied that everything is fine and they did not block anything. Then they started to whine to every contributor's e-mail, that Flexible Plan is a temporary solution and they will turn it off soon. Guess what? Plan is still there, for almost two years. And they advertise it every month.
I don't know, why some people are still there, really.

« Reply #128 on: April 12, 2018, 12:33 »
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Just a little reminder:
The last funny story, when they introduced a Flexible Plan (in fact, 1 image for $1, on demand) a lot of people left Depositphotos or deactivated the images. And you know what? They started to block deactivation! You could kick down 5 works, then get error message and delay before you could deactivate the next 5. And all the time they replied that everything is fine and they did not block anything. Then they started to whine to every contributor's e-mail, that Flexible Plan is a temporary solution and they will turn it off soon. Guess what? Plan is still there, for almost two years. And they advertise it every month.
I don't know, why some people are still there, really.
You just said why, because nobody has the time to go there each day and deactivate them in batches of 5.
Even if you deactivate them, that is no guaranty they don't sell them anyway.

« Reply #129 on: April 12, 2018, 14:41 »
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I just write to them this :

"Im really concerned as well as many photographers , about the contributor payment scheme of your 5 per month subscription package where contributor only gets paid 3% per download , this is not acceptable , as there is deeper discussion there on forums , please let me know about your plans as if that is true and you are not willing to change it then i will be forced to terminate my account asap , also another question is , how is possible, i only got paid 0.10$ for on demand sales ? thank you"

I guess , if 100x contributors they will be about to loose then they will have to change it .


« Reply #130 on: April 12, 2018, 21:08 »
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By the way, guys, where do you see this Subscription Plan? I don't have it on Subscribe page.

« Reply #131 on: April 12, 2018, 21:25 »
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You just said why, because nobody has the time to go there each day and deactivate them in batches of 5.
Even if you deactivate them, that is no guaranty they don't sell them anyway.
Well, there's some trick in response. For example, StockSubmitter have a button "Deactivate photos on DP". It's free and it will do it for you.
Also, even if you remove the port, there's still no guarantees. Especially, for so-called partners. I'd recommend deactivate first and close the account later.

« Reply #132 on: April 13, 2018, 09:50 »
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I don't know, why some people are still there, really.

Being lazy on my part. I am finally getting off my butt and starting the winding down process.

First I'll transfer the money. Then deactivate everything worth being deactivated. Then I will see, probably close the account eventually.

I suspect the only thing that will truly work is stop uploading.

« Reply #133 on: April 25, 2018, 08:01 »
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There is no such a plan like 5 image subscription actually,  subscription plans starts from 75 images monthly actually , other plans are download on demand, where did you find it ?

« Reply #134 on: April 25, 2018, 08:02 »
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It came up in this thread that Depositphotos has a "subscription" option for 5 images per month for $49.



This is a disturbing offering because it is comparable to products from other companies like Shutterstock's 5-image On-Demand pack for the same price but with a far lower royalty paid. Shutterstock pays out a percentage of the sale price received, while Depositphotos pays out a subscription royalty.

So each image in that 5-image "subscription" costs $9.80. Paying out a subscription royalty to the contributor ($0.30 up to $0.35), that works out to a 3.0-3.5% royalty paid. Whereas Shutterstock pays $1.88-$2.85 per image on a 5-image pack.

It looks like DP is trying to get away with paying out subscription royalties on small-quantity image packs by just calling them "subscriptions" instead.

Anyone know when this purchasing option became available? I hate to admit it but I have no idea how long this option has been there.

I'm suspending uploads to DP unless this is changed. Could be worth considering dropping them altogether between this and the other nonsense they've been up to lately (partner/API deals).


There is no such a plan like 5 image subscription actually,  subscription plans starts from 75 images monthly actually , other plans are download on demand, where did you find it ?

« Reply #135 on: April 26, 2018, 01:30 »
+3
Just a little reminder:
The last funny story, when they introduced a Flexible Plan (in fact, 1 image for $1, on demand) a lot of people left Depositphotos or deactivated the images. And you know what? They started to block deactivation! You could kick down 5 works, then get error message and delay before you could deactivate the next 5. And all the time they replied that everything is fine and they did not block anything. Then they started to whine to every contributor's e-mail, that Flexible Plan is a temporary solution and they will turn it off soon. Guess what? Plan is still there, for almost two years. And they advertise it every month.
I don't know, why some people are still there, really.

I remember that. I closed my account in a few days after they do those things.
No regrets !!!!

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #136 on: April 26, 2018, 08:36 »
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Just a little reminder:
The last funny story, when they introduced a Flexible Plan (in fact, 1 image for $1, on demand) a lot of people left Depositphotos or deactivated the images. And you know what? They started to block deactivation! You could kick down 5 works, then get error message and delay before you could deactivate the next 5. And all the time they replied that everything is fine and they did not block anything. Then they started to whine to every contributor's e-mail, that Flexible Plan is a temporary solution and they will turn it off soon. Guess what? Plan is still there, for almost two years. And they advertise it every month.
I don't know, why some people are still there, really.

I remember that. I closed my account in a few days after they do those things.
No regrets !!!!

Just looked:

$29/month

    Download 30 hi-res photos & vectors every month
    Additional images are $1 each
    Unused downloads transfer to the next month


Nope no regrets here either, I don't need them and I figure they don't care what I think, as long as there are willing victims who will be desperate enough to upload and take 5 cents pay for a download.

« Reply #137 on: May 01, 2018, 05:30 »
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And I know several designer and arty people who think this is great.....!
:(((((

« Reply #138 on: May 01, 2018, 06:58 »
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It came up in this thread that Depositphotos has a "subscription" option for 5 images per month for $49.



This is a disturbing offering because it is comparable to products from other companies like Shutterstock's 5-image On-Demand pack for the same price but with a far lower royalty paid. Shutterstock pays out a percentage of the sale price received, while Depositphotos pays out a subscription royalty.

So each image in that 5-image "subscription" costs $9.80. Paying out a subscription royalty to the contributor ($0.30 up to $0.35), that works out to a 3.0-3.5% royalty paid. Whereas Shutterstock pays $1.88-$2.85 per image on a 5-image pack.

It looks like DP is trying to get away with paying out subscription royalties on small-quantity image packs by just calling them "subscriptions" instead.

Anyone know when this purchasing option became available? I hate to admit it but I have no idea how long this option has been there.

I'm suspending uploads to DP unless this is changed. Could be worth considering dropping them altogether between this and the other nonsense they've been up to lately (partner/API deals).


There is no such a plan like 5 image subscription actually,  subscription plans starts from 75 images monthly actually , other plans are download on demand, where did you find it ?


That was four years ago. Check the date.

« Reply #139 on: May 01, 2018, 08:01 »
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Low volume, low price is a terrible combination. Closed my account there end of march. To be fair they sent me the rest of my earnings despite being below the withdraw threshold.

« Reply #140 on: May 01, 2018, 10:02 »
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And I know several designer and arty people who think this is great.....!
:(((((

Do they shop around and bargain hunt at DP or do they only buy from DP?

PZF

« Reply #141 on: May 09, 2018, 10:05 »
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Trek - they shopped around but now have enough credits for a good while so won't be shopping again for a bit.....


 

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